Elementary Book of the Month:
Finding Winnie is the Caldecott Medal winning book of this year. This is the real story behind Winnie the Pooh! Most of us know this beloved book was written by A. A. Milne and that he used his own son, Christopher Robin, in writing the story. But did you know that Winnie was a real bear who came to England all the way from Canada? Did you know it was a soldier and veterinarian, Harry Colbourn, who rescued the cub and found him a nice home before going off to fight in World War I? As told by that soldier's great-granddaughter to her son, we find the surprising start to the real bear who inspired one of the best children's stories of all time.
Secondary Book of the Month:
The War that Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Ada is a 9 year-old girl living in a tiny London apartment with her little brother and cruel mother just at the start of World War II. She has never left the apartment because her mother is completely embarrassed about her club foot which makes walking impossible for her.
When her brother is to be sent to the country to stay safe from the bombs, Ada bravely picks herself up and sneaks away with him to try and find a better life. They take refuge with a woman named Susan Smith who is forced to take them in despite not knowing a thing about children.
This is a beautiful story about identity, trust, love, and redefining what makes someone family.